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For Your Entertainment Pleasure by Stephen Minch

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Originally published in 1982, For Your Entertainment Pleasure helped set the tone for what card magic would look like in the Eighties, and beyond.

FISM Champion Daryl, "The Magician's Magician" detailed some of his finest original material here for the first time. There are classics like the Rising Crime Display, Daryl's Snowshoe Sandwich, and his sponge ball routine, all of which foreshadowed much of today's magic. There are also forgotten gems here, like Daryl's Coin Across and an astounding prediction effect using the four Aces.

Table of Contents:
Papa Rabbit Hits the Big Time -
Believe it or not, this is an engaging, deceptive, and hilarious handling of sponge rabbits.
The High-Priced Spread - A beautiful but challenging routine featuring a one-handed Ascanio Spread.
Rising Crime - The centerpiece of this routine has become a modern classic and a principle used in many other great routines.
Future Acethetics - A deceptive and commercial prediction routine using the four Aces.
Sleightly Touched - A psuedo memory routine with a blockbuster ending.
Twogether Again - Daryl's take on "Coins Across".
The Coinditional Coin Game - A funny routine that has elements of a Copper/Silver Transpo.
The Out-of-Body Experience - Described as a "remote" sandwich routine, this is direct, visual, impossible magic.
The Snowshoe Sandwich - A routine that was wildly popular in its day and part of Daryl's FISM act.
Psychological Ace Assembly - One of the strongest treatment of a classical Assembly devised. No extra cards or gaffs. Just gorgeous construction and sleight of hand.

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This review applies to For Your Entertainment Pleasure and it’s sister book, Secrets of a Puerto Rican Gambler:

What an excellent reimagining of 2 classic manuscripts. I never had the originals, but I can assure you that these new editions are top notch in every way. As I read magic books, I always take notes on which effects I want to add to my repertoire; with these 2 books, I struggled to find effects that I did not want to perform!

Daryl was—and, regrettably, I must use the past tense—a masterful magician who created an aura of pure entertainment around him. Stephen Minch did a wonderful job of conveying this aura to us all, and Daryl’s legacy lives on through these works. Every nuance of performance is described, allowing the reader to see the “One Degree Improvements,” to borrow a Guastaferro phrase, that made Daryl’s magic so special. These routines are professional caliber and well worth studying. If nothing else, they will serve as a model for how the magic you already do can be improved.

Finally, everything has been reformatted to Vanishing Inc. standards and the added quality and quantity of pictures has made learning the routines a breeze. Thank you to Andi and Josh for having an eye for classic, quality magic, and giving these books a new life.
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